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Latex-Free For Me

Natural rubber latex comes from a liquid in tropical rubber trees. The liquid is processed to make products such as balloons, rubber toys, pacifiers, bottle nipples, rubber bands, diapers, medical gloves, and condoms.

Having a latex allergy is a big deal if you're the one with it. Symptoms range from mild to severe and include itchy, watery eyes, sneezing or runny nose, coughing, rash, hives, chest tightness or shock. A latex-sensitive person could even have a life-threatening allergic reaction with no previous symptoms. That's scary.

The protein in latex is what people are allergic to. Latex rubber gloves, balloons and condoms are highest in this protein, and cause greater reactions. There are latex-free alternatives to all of these products. Tell your doctor or dentist about your allergy so they can use latex-free gloves.

And in the bedroom, it's good to know that Durex makes a latex-free condom called Avanti. They're made out of polyurethane. Trojan makes an ultra thin and odor-free version called Trojan Supra.

Fit's Tip: I would not try Natural Lamb condoms because they don't protect against STDs.

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Vannuccia Vannuccia 9 years
'Avanti' by Durex are latex-free condoms.
sabrinaland sabrinaland 9 years
You are right, fitnessgirl. I've tried the polyurethane ones and they tend to stretch out and lose their shape so you have to be incredibly careful as they are more likely to slip off. The non-latex material feels really nice though, it feels really soft and silky.
DStirk DStirk 9 years
i've heard that the latex free condoms are not as sturdy. does anyone know if this is true?
Moni-B Moni-B 9 years
Something interesting that I found out during a food safety workshop for my job was that people who are alergic to tropical fruits (i.e. pineapple, kiwi) may be alergic to latex as well. ~M~
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